Garrett Brockway Baseball Clinic this Saturday

Local boys and girls will learn about baseball from the pro’s this Saturday. The Burlington Bee’s are hosting their 2nd Annual Garrett Brockway Baseball Clinic. Garrett’s dad, Bruce Brockway, says he and his son attended these camps and always had a lot of fun… Manager of the Bees, Bill Richardson says they’ll have several stations set up around the ball park for the kids… The clinic is $25 for boys and girls ages 7-14. Continue Reading

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Two More Locals Arrested for Passing Fake Checks

Two more people were arrested today for the passing of fraudulent checks in the Burlington area. The Burlington Police Department has been investigating this crime for the past two months, arresting six individuals. The latest arrests made today were of 20-year-old Kendall Buckley of Burlington and 31-year-old Brian Bruce of West Burlington. They have been charged with Ongoing Criminal Conduct and are being held in the Des Moines County Jail on $25,000 bond pending a court appearance. The fraudulent payroll checks these individuals are passing around are allegedly from businesses such as UPS, Target, Wal-Mart and Applebees. Continue Reading

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Burglar Still on the Loose in Mediapolis

The town of Mediapolis is still dealing with a number of burglaries. The Des Moines County Sheriff’s Department has been working hard trying to figure out who is behind all the car and home break-ins, but have not found the individual yet. There was a burglary arrest made last week but Sheriff Mike Johnstone says, it’s not the person they’re looking for… Crime Stoppers is still offering a reward of up to $1,000 for any information that leads to an arrest. The Sheriff believes the burglar is a young male from descriptions he’s received, but has no further details because the man has only been seen at night. Continue Reading

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100th Anniversary of Wrigley Field

It’s Wrigley Field Day in Illinois. Gov. Pat Quinn issued the designation Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs’ ballpark celebrates its 100th anniversary. The storied ballpark that opened as Weeghman Park on April 23, 1914 has hosted millions of fans over the years. In a statement, Quinn says “Wrigley Field is not just an Illinois landmark, it’s a national treasure.” The Cubs are holding a series of events this season to mark the anniversary. Continue Reading

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Picketer Upset with Klein Center

If you drove by the Great River Medical Center today you probably saw a man with a couple picket signs. Paul Ganakes is upset with the Klein Center where his mother is currently staying. His picket signs featured pictures of the 93-year-old woman with black eyes and scratches on her face. Ganakes says this is the second time she’s fallen, and this time no one was around to help her…. We contacted CEO Mark Richardson about the situation. Continue Reading

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Parent Upset that WB Allows Teacher to Coach Football for West Central

It’s not too often someone speaks up during the public comments portion at the West Burlington School Board Meetings, but last night one parent expressed a couple concerns. Michelle Murphy first spoke about how she felt it wasn’t right for former head football coach Jeff Housel to keep teaching at West Burlington and coach football for another school… Housel will continue to serve as West Burlington’s Athletic Director but has recently been hired to coach football for West Central High School. Murphy also expressed concern about open enrollment and wants to know if the school plans to hire more teachers to keep up with their increased enrollment… Superintendent Dave Schmitt suggested she make an appointment with him so they can discuss the issues one-on-one. Continue Reading

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Another Invasive Insect Heading to Iowa

While Iowans are seeing the first ash trees cut down to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer, yet another invading insect is causing a stir as it could threaten our walnut trees. Robin Pruisner, an entomologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture, says the pest called the walnut twig beetle is being found in nearby states, but it hasn’t been found in Iowa — yet. “Research is ongoing on how to protect walnut trees,” Pruisner says. “We just don’t have a lot of answers. This is even newer than the emerald ash borer at this point in time.” Continue Reading

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FM Man Could Serve 10 Years in Prison for Weed

Lee County’s Narcotics Task Force has arrested a Ft. Madison man on felony and misdemeanor drug charges, and they are NOT meth-related. 33-year old Robert Gram (of 2314 Avenue I) was apprehended late last week at his home and charged with Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver within 1,000 Feet of a School and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. If he’s convicted of both counts, Gram could go to prison for more than 10 years. Continue Reading

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Burn Ban Remains in Effect for Des Moines Co. This Week

Due to the number of fires over the weekend, Des Moines County will remain under a burn ban until further notice. Gina Hardin with Des Moines County Emergency Management says that the amount of rain we are suppose to get today, won’t be enough. Hardin says the burn ban will remain in effect for at least another week and they’ll discuss what to do after the rain we are suppose to get Thursday. Lee County will also remain under a burn ban, with the exception of recreational fires within city limits. Continue Reading

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Three Morning Mediapolis Burglaries

For a short time, the burglaries had stopped in Mediapolis, but according to the daily activity log on the Burlington Police Department website, three burglaries were reported in Mediapolis early yesterday morning. One was a home burglary at 1214 Middle Street, and the other two were car burglaries. One took place at 803 Main Street and the other at 1111 Pine Street. All three occurred within an hour. Continue Reading